With the help of the American government, the DCI formed the Joint Terrorism Task force – Kenya (JTTF-K) in February 2019. The Kenyan-led taskforce is the first of its kind outside America.
The fight against Terrorism received a major boost after the setting up of a Joint Terrorism Task force – Kenya (JTTF-K).
This is a multi-agency counterterrorism investigative unit leading Kenya’s fight against domestic and cross-border terrorism. The elite unit comprises top cream officers from various security and law enforcement agencies.
Those recruited to join the JTTF-K were carefully vetted before being flown to America for a high level intensive training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
On return to Kenya, the team took charge of conducting counterterrorism investigations under the mentorship of FBI special agents. The taskforce operates under the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and is mandated to detect, disrupt, defeat and dismantle terrorist networks.
Since inception in June 2020, the squad has been spearheading terror investigations leading to the freezing of bank accounts of known terrorists. The initiative was after the Al Shabaab attack on Nairobi’s DusitD2 Hotel on January 15, 2019.
The Kenyan-led taskforce is the first of its kind outside the United States of America. Kenya and America signed a pact to establish the partnership and they agreed to share information and training of officers to jointly counter global terrorism.
The taskforce gains its strength from drawing on the experience, knowledge and resources from the respective agencies.
For his vision and zeal to drive killer gangs and graft lords out of business, DCI boss George Kinoti was in March 2020 invited by the US government to attend training at FBI’s National Executive Institute (NEI) in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
He was the only one picked from Africa and Asia to attend the training at the FBI Academy. The training programme on leadership and modern investigations techniques brought together select heads of investigation bureaus across the world.